For me growing up, McDonald’s meant ads with a scary clown who hung out with a bunch of weirdos. I liked the weirdos but Ronald? Still freaks me out!
I remember my overwhelming excitement over the introduction of Happy Meals. Not knowing what the secret toy inside was kept me up at night. Until we bought one. Then I was over it.
I remember when playgrounds were outside and how I almost got so wedged into a metal hamburger I thought I would never come out. Good times!
McDonald’s, for the most part when I was a kid, was a special place you go maybe twice a year. It was a big deal to go out together as a family to a place that was kid-oriented where we could have fun and play. Like it or not, it is now a chronic haven for many.
If people are going to eat out, they have the right to know what is in their food which is why I think it is great that McDonald’s has opened its doors to answer your foodie questions.
I interviewed Jason Patuano, spokesperson for the company in Atlantic Canada and Quebec. He discussed the program with me and answered most of your foodie questions!
About the program: 00:00 – 07:30
Chicken McNuggets: 07:45 – 9:29
Canadian sourcing: 9:30 – 10:28
Moldy fries: 10:29 – 11:09
Veggie burger?: 11:10 − 11:25
I really wish the answer as to why McDonald’s does not have a vegetarian hamburger was clearer. All the options mentioned do not provide a real meal. Salad and fries? I need more than that!
As I said in my interview, make a burger with portobello mushrooms. Or how about a lentil burger? Brown rice? Even just a soy TVP burger? They seemed pleased with their menu already and think they adequately provide for vegetarians which is, quite frankly, not true.
I personally asked about the Arctic Orange Milkshake online, on behalf of my long-time-friend Fong who had no luck getting an answer himself. I wanted to test the system so I asked the question and got an error message. I went back and was told someone would be in touch with me with an answer. That was almost a week ago. So personally, I did not have great success.
Still, it was fascinating to hear about the program, find out what your deepest darkest questions about McDonald’s were and get some answers.
Debra She Who Seeks says
I used to like Arctic Orange shakes too!
Suzie Ridler says
You’re welcome Fong, my pleasure and look, Debra used to like them too! Definitely a mystery….
Fascinating interview and huge kudos to Mc’D’s for opening themselves up like that to the public. You always know you’re going to get some oddball, tough questions and they seem to handle them with ease (albeit a bit general and vague at times). As for me, sometimes I believe ignorance is bliss, so I don’t think I’ll be picking their brains anytime soon lol…
interesting approach to the ‘myths’ about mcnuggets and other items. thanks for doing this suzie
Suzie Ridler says
Thanks Ava! So glad you enjoyed the interview! I agree, it is a big deal for them to go public but very smart.
firstname.lastname@example.org, my pleasure and am glad I could help!